Laurent Blanc has officially left his position as manager of Paris St-Germain (PGS) after three years at the French league champions. An official statement at the club’s website read:
“In a respectful atmosphere, negotiations were completed on 27 June. An agreement, by common accord, preserves the interests of both parties. Assistant coach Jean-Louis Gasset and head fitness trainer Philippe Lambert also leave the club as part of the agreement.
“As the club decides to head in a new direction for the management of the first team, it wishes to thank Laurent Blanc and expresses its gratitude for the work accomplished over the last three years by Laurent and his staff. During his three years at the club, Laurent Blanc won 11 trophies, including two national quadruples, and left a significant mark on the great history of Paris Saint-Germain.”
The club’s president Al-Khelaifi, also said:
“At a time when we open a new chapter in the redevelopment of the club, I would like to thank Laurent Blanc for everything he has brought in the last few years in terms of performances and results.I wish him the best for the new challenges that await him.”
Blanc’s agent, Jean Pierre Bernes, had last week hinted that he(Blanc) would be leaving the club despite signing a two-year contract extension in February. He had said:
“We’re in discussions with PSG directors and it’s being done in an excellent atmosphere from both sides. Simply put, there are rules that need to be respected to end a contract and PSG are respecting those.”
Blanc, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti in June 2013, had signed a new two-year deal in February. He led PSG to the Ligue 1 title in each of his three seasons in charge, but lost in the Champions League quarter-finals each year. The 50-year old had previously had a spell as manager of France but stepped down after losing in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 to eventual winners Spain.